Concurrent with the
flashback in issue #8, Underwater tells the story of the young man
who would one day become Aquaman as he abandons the surface world
and almost gives up on the human race upon the death of his father.
Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, and Rod Reis deserve an Oscar, an Emmy, and a
Grammy for their impeccable job revisiting the aforementioned
flashback; the tiny details like the reporters harassing Arthur
falling to the ground, and even the color of their clothing, or Dr.
Shin trying to reach out among the crowd, are an exact replica of
that scene, but using different angles.
Johns reveals a
great deal about Atlantis and Arthur's relatives through a familiar
face that makes his debut in The New 52, and explains where The
Others' eventual search for the relics stems from. This zero issue
is just a small portion of a larger missing chapter in Arthur's
life: the time he spent in Atlantis before returning to the surface;
that alone would make for a whole separate Aquaman title... wouldn't
that be nice?